What We Do
Welcome to the website of the Berkeley Graduate Division. Our mission is to sustain the world-renowned excellence of more than 100 master’s and doctoral programs, and to assist our almost 11,000 graduate students on academic, financial, personal and professional matters throughout their studies.
Berkeley graduates more doctoral recipients annually — including from populations underrepresented in higher education — than does any other research university.
Our numerous cutting-edge master’s programs attract students from all over the world.
The diverse backgrounds and passions of our faculty and students support the excellence that makes Berkeley second to none in its breadth, depth, and reach of scholarship, research, and public service — in its impact on California and the US, as well as around the globe.
The Graduate Division oversees every stage of graduate student life: applications, admissions, fellowships and grants, tracking academic progress and degree milestones, academic employment and preparation for teaching, mentoring activities and professional development.
The Division implements policies developed by the Graduate Council of the Academic Senate to ensure the quality of Berkeley’s graduate education. We work to distribute resources equitably to graduate students across the disciplines in our 17 schools and colleges.
With warm regards,
Fiona M. Doyle
Dean of the Graduate Division
Donald H. McLaughlin Professor of Mineral Engineering
Our activities include:
Quality Assurance of Academic Programs
- Administer policies of the Graduate Council and Academic Senate
- Maintain academic standards for graduate program admissions and continued study
- Manage graduate enrollment via admission allocations to programs
- Help programs prepare new degree proposals
- Provide data on program quality
- Participate in academic program reviews
- Survey students (incoming, mid-career, graduating, first placements) and doctoral alumni
Services for Staff and Administrators
- Streamline rules and regulations
- Consult with Head Graduate Advisors, Chairs of programs, and the Deans of the Schools and Colleges
- Provide professional development to Graduate Student Affairs Officers in academic programs
Services for Students
- Track academic progress from admission to candidacy and degree conferral
- Verify eligibility for academic appointments/campus employment
- Coordinate with graduate student life and campus wellness resources
- Administer accommodations policies and programs for student parents
- Consider exceptions to policies, grievances, and appeals
Training and Mentoring Students
- Conduct language testing and training for Graduate Student Instructors
- Conduct ethics and responsibility training
- Administer mentoring programs
- Conduct writing and publishing workshops
- Offer student professional development for both academic and non-academic careers
Funding to Students and Academic Programs
- Administer the campus-wide fellowship competition
- Provide block allocations and nonresident tuition fellowships to academic programs
- Fund student conference travel grants, parent grants, summer fellowships
- Administer dissertation and doctoral completion fellowships
- Ensure fairness and equity of funding students across academic programs
Fundraising and External Relations
- Organize and administer endowed public lecture series
- Cultivate, solicit, and steward donors to campus-wide fellowships
- Seek funds to support student life and professional development
- Hold fund- and friend-raising events for alumni and friends